One Windows tip we’re often asked for (but are only just getting around to addressing) is what is the difference between the different versions of Windows 7? Currently, Windows 7
Windows 7, released now just over two years ago in late July, 2009 includes a number of new features, such as improved performance on multi-core processors, a new version of Windows Media Center; the Windows Security Center has been renamed to Windows Action Center, which includes security and maintenance of the computer.
The Windows 7 taskbar has also been improved; the Quick Launch toolbar has been replaced with the ability to pin applications to the taskbar. To the far right there is a small rectangular button that replaces XP’s “Show Desktop” icon. This button is part of the new feature in Windows 7 called Aero Peek. Hovering over this button makes all visible windows transparent for a quick look at the desktop.
Windows 7 has many more features and improvements on XP – too many to list here – but needless to say it’s a real improvement over Vista, and looks quite nice as well (perhaps even better than iOS).
What is the main difference between Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate?
Consumers are, however, presented with a dizzying assortment of choices when shopping for a new PC or laptop installed with Windows 7. There’s:
- Basic Home
Which one is best?
Windows Starter really is a basic version, and allows for little or no control over your machine. For example, there’s no way to change the desktop background or themes, and it’s generally impossible to set up a home network (or HomeGroup in Windows-speak). Windows Aero (which makes Windows 7 looks so pretty) is also disabled. It’s great for netbooks, but is not really suitable as an all-purpose computer for school or at home. On the other hand, Home Premium (which most consumers will choose), offers the ability to get the maximum power from the CPU, codec decoders for Media Player, the ability to create and join a HomeGroup, Backup and Restore, and support for multiple monitors. Professional offers the ability to backup your system to the network, as well as the ability to encrypt your data.
Windows Ultimate includes everything but the kitchen sink, and is best for hard-core developers.